Yoga and chemoreflex response to hypoxia and hypercapnia. Spicuzza L, Gabutti A, Porta C, Montano N, Bernardi L.

Lancet 2000 Oct 28;356(9240):1495-6

We tested whether chemoreflex sensitivity could be affected by the practice of yoga, and whether this is specifically because of a slow breathing rate obtained during yoga or as a general consequence of yoga. We found that slow breathing rate per se substantially reduced chemoreflex sensitivity, but long-term yoga practice was responsible for a generalised reduction in chemoreflex.

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